Apple iPhone gaming controllers are coming, and it's a whole new game

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is taking a big step forward to keep the iPhone as the most popular smartphone for mobile gaming. Among the many APIs included in Apple's new iOS 7 is support for game controller hardware from third-party providers. This is part of the "Made for iPhone, iPod and iPad" (MFi) program, which means developers won't need to install external SDKs in order to use standalone accessories like joysticks or gamepads. This not only means that developers will have an opportunity to enhance the playing experience on existing games or ones they are planning to create, but that the iPhone and iPad could become a huge competitor to the traditional console market of Xbox and PlayStation. How will this affect developers and the wider world of mobile gaming? Find out in this FierceDeveloper special report.